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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 2:56 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:01 pm 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Office of Communications
May 12, 2014 (850) 245-4111
PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TO HOLD CONFERENCE CALL WITH MEDIA
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are investigating the second case of MERS-CoV in the United States. MERS-CoV, a virus relatively new to humans, was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
When: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET
DIAL-IN: Media: 888-795-0855 Non-Media: 877-546-1574 INTERNATIONAL: 630-395-0427 PASSCODE: CDC MEDIA
* Please dial in 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the press conference.
Who: Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Anne Schuchat, M.D. (RADM, USPHS) Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service; Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS,
Florida’s State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health
Important Instructions If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.
Transcript A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at the CDC web site at www.cdc.gov/media.
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:05 pm 
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New Florida Department of Health Press Release going out "very soon"

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:11 pm 
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By John Lantigua

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The CDC and Florida Department of Health say they’re investigating the second case of MERS infection in the United States in Orlando.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a severe viral illness that causes fever, coughing and shortness of breath. More than 30 percent of people who were found to have it have died. It’s been found in seven countries in the Arabian Peninsula and last week, the first case was reported in the United States.

MERS belongs to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses that include both the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003.

Scientists believe camels may play a role in primary infections. The disease can then spread between people, but typically only if they are in close contact with one another. Many of those infected have been health-care workers.

Check back for more details.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:30 pm 
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By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.

The latest case is not an American - he is a resident of Saudi Arabia, visiting Florida, who is now in an Orlando hospital.

He was diagnosed with MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Sunday night. It is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death.

Fortunately, the U.C. cases so far have not been severe. The first case, a man in Indiana, was released from a hospital late last week. And this latest patient is doing well, officials said.

The two cases are not linked, said officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a news conference Monday.

"The risk to the public remains very low," said the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat.

CDC officials repeated that cases are not unexpected.

MERS is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death.

Most cases have been in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in the Middle East. But earlier this month a first U.S. case was diagnosed in a man who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana.

That man, an American, was a health-care worker at a hospital in Saudi Arabia's capital city who flew to the United States on April 24 on a plane that originated in Riyadh, stopped in London and then landed in Chicago. After landing in the United States, the man took a bus to Munster, Indiana where he became sick and went to a hospital on April 28.

He improved and was released from a Munster hospital on Friday. Tests of people who were around the man have all proved negative, health officials have said.

Health officials now must track down fellow travelers who were around the newest case, and this time it will be more challenging: There were more flights involved.

This man also was a health-care worker; he worked in a hospital where MERS cases were being treated, the CDC said. He traveled on May 1 on flights from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, first to London, then to Boston, then to Atlanta, and finally to Orlando. He went to a hospital on May 8 and was placed in isolation.

Health officials did not immediately release additional detail about his travels or his week in Florida, except to say he was not at any theme parks and remained in the Orlando area to see family.

As early as the first flight, the latest case was suffering fever, chills and a slight cough. That doesn't necessarily mean he infected everyone. Experts think MERS cases are most infectious when they are severely ill, with symptoms like pneumonia and difficulty breathing, Schuchat said.

However, health officials are trying to contact as many as 500 people who were on the three flights within the United States to let them know the situation and watch for symptoms. People on the flight from Jeddah to London also will be contacted, CDC officials said.

MERS belongs to the coronavirus family that includes the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which caused some 800 deaths globally in 2003.

The MERS virus has been found in camels, but officials don't know how it is spreading to humans. It can spread from person to person, but officials believe that happens only after close contact. Not all those exposed to the virus become ill.

But it appears to be unusually lethal - some estimates have suggested it has killed nearly a third of the people it sickened. The estimate has been dropping as health officials have begun diagnosing more and more cases with less severe illness. But the estimated fatality rate for MERS still is far higher than what's seen with seasonal flu or other routine infections.

Fortunately, it is not as contagious as flu, measles or other diseases. There is no vaccine or cure and there's no specific treatment except to relieve symptoms.

Overall, 538 people have been reported to have the respiratory illness, including 145 people who have died. So far, all had ties to the Middle East region or to people who traveled there.

As many as one-fifth of cases have been in health-care workers, Schuchat said.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 4:03 pm 
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From: DOH Communications [mailto:DOHcommunicationsoffice@flhealth.gov]
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2014 3:03 PM
Subject: DOH Release: Health Officials Confirm First MERS-CoV Case in Florida



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DOH Communications

May 12, 2014 (850) 245-4111



Health officials confirm First MErs-CoV CASE IN FLORIDA

Florida Department of Health working with CDC and Hospital Officials

Questions from the Central Florida media will be addressed this afternoon by health officials and hospital representatives at the office of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County located at 6101 Lake Ellenor Drive, Orlando.
The information line for the public at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County is 407-858-1490.
Information from the CDC for the public is available by calling 800-232-4636.
Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Health today confirmed the first Florida case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in a patient at an Orlando hospital.

"The Florida Department of Health is working closely with hospital officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure appropriate care of the patient and protect the health of all residents and visitors in Florida,” said Dr. John Armstrong, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health. "There is no broad risk to the health of the general public.”

"The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is taking all necessary steps to protect and inform the public,” said Dr. Kevin Sherin, Director for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. "Our office has set up an information line to address any questions and we will continue to work closely with the hospital to ensure the safety of our community.”

"The patient is in good condition and is improving,” said Antonio Crespo, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist and Chief Quality Officer for Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. "We are taking every precaution, but believe the risk of transmission from this patient is very low since his symptoms were mild and he was not coughing when he arrived at the hospital.”

The patient is visiting the United States from Saudi Arabia. The patient first flew to London and then through Boston and Atlanta, arriving in Orlando on May 1. The patient was hospitalized on May 9 and was placed in isolation once MERS-CoV was suspected. Efforts are underway to make contact with any individuals who had close contact with the patient during travel or in the Orlando area. The patient remains in stable condition and is receiving appropriate care.

MERS-CoV infection is a viral respiratory illness that was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. MERS-CoV transmission has occurred in hospital settings, but there is no evidence of sustained spread in communities. How the virus emerged is unknown. There is no available vaccine or specific treatment for the virus.

Symptoms of MERS-CoV are similar to those of the flu and include:

Congestion
Cough
Fever over 100.4
Shortness of breath
Pneumonia
Body aches
Diarrhea
MERS-CoV is a reminder of the precautions that everyone can take to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from any communicable diseases:

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Stay at home when you are sick, and avoiding close contact with sick people.
For more information, please visit the following websites:

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/index.html
About Coronavirus: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/indes.html
Frequently Asked MERS Questions and Answers: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/faq.html
The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.

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Florida news conference over - info to appear on Orlando news stations.

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